Siem Reap, Cambodia
Located in northwestern Cambodia, Siem Reap is known as the gateway to the ancient and magnificent “Holy City” of Angkor Wat. Come be a part of this truly amazing and once-in-a-lifetime experience to positively impact an international community, while gaining a deeper understanding of Cambodian culture and people. All flexible, open-minded and positive individuals are welcome to join us for what will be an unforgettable adventure! No previous construction or Habitat for Humanity experience is required.
Cambodia is located in southeastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, between Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. The mighty Mekong River dominates the country’s fertile landscape, and the Angkor Wat temple complex is one of the most treasured and visited sites in the entire region.
Ninety percent of Cambodia’s population is ethnically Cambodian and Theravada Buddhism is the religion of about 95 percent of the people. Khmer is the official language, though French is still spoken in urban areas and English is increasingly popular as a second language. The climate in Cambodia is tropical.
This Global Village team will be volunteering in Siem Reap, in northwest Cambodia. The city’s historic core features both French and Chinese architecture, and is the fastest-growing city in Cambodia. Siem Reap is also the gateway to the ruins of Angkor – the ancient Khmer dynasty’s capital that includes the Angkor Wat temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
About Habitat for Humanity Cambodia
Habitat Cambodia aims to reduce poverty by empowering communities to improve their access to affordable and basic services and better living conditions. Habitat has already started a program of building new homes and rehabilitating existing homes in Cambodia.
Still, housing problems are widespread. In Cambodia, rural households account for nearly 90 percent of the country’s poor, with 85 percent of the population living in rural areas. In Siem Reap, thousands of rural families who have moved to the city for job opportunities live in substandard housing.
Types of construction for volunteers
Cambodian Habitat houses are usually 31.5 sq. m. in size. The walls are made from fired brick with a reinforced concrete post. The layout consists of a living room, bedroom and kitchen with a toilet.
Work on a Global Village trip may involve laying bricks and mixing mortar, digging foundations, pouring cement or plastering the walls. It is a fun and extremely rewarding way to contribute to Cambodian society.
Day 1(typically Friday): Depart for Cambodia.
Day 2 (Saturday): Travel day
Day 3 (Sunday): Travel to host project site; welcome and orientation with local staff; dinner and free time.
Days 5-8 (typical workdays, Monday-Friday): Breakfast at accommodations or local restaurant; work from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner at local restaurant; time for team activities.
Days 9 (Saturday): Free days for activities in local community and sightseeing.
Day 10 (Sunday): Depart for home.
Note: Cultural experiences during the trip may include market tours, museum visits and historical sites, as well as other outdoor opportunities. The final building day will also feature a farewell ceremony with partner family members.
Global Village teams to Cambodia can expect to stay in a local hotel with team members sharing rooms and bathrooms. Breakfast and dinner are usually eaten at the hotel or at a local restaurant, and lunch is usually provided by the affiliate and taken on the work site.
For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.
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Mandy has worked with Habitat for Humanity International’s Women Build department and with Habitat Colombia’s Global Village department in Bogotá, Colombia. Originally from the Midwest, Mandy has spent the past two and a half years serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia. This will be her first trip to Cambodia and her eighth Global Village trip. She has previously led trips to Armenia, Costa Rica and Mongolia. For more information on this build, please contact Mandy at habitatGVbuilds@gmail.com.